I remember heading to Sox games as a kid back in the 1980s. My old man would grab tickets from scalpers or the Box Office at Fenway park for next to nothing.
I can't remember what paid parking cost back then-maybe $5 or so? We usually ended up in one of the free parking lots nearby that are now a thing of the past; all that land has been developed.
Thus, parking near Fenway can be a huge expense; average pricing around Fenway ranges from around $40 to $60, even up to $80 in prime locations.
For any fans that have spent a fortune on game tickets along with all the other expenses incurred inside Fenway Park, taking on nearly $80 for parking is beyond comprehension.
Therefore, I wanted to provide some tips for parking near Fenway during Red Sox games so that we can all save a few bucks. I hope it helps!
Know of any great spots? Let us know in the comments below!
Note that the official address for Fenway Park is 4 Jersey Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Sometimes when you use Google Maps, it will just pull up Fenway, Boston, which is NOT Fenway Park and can confuse you if trying to guesstimate the distance of the parking garage.
How Much Does It Cost To Park Near Fenway Park?
Any garage parking in walking vicinity within blocks of Fenway Park starts at around $40 and goes all the way up to $80 for one spot. If you are willing to walk a bit, you'll be able to save some money. You can occasionally find spots for under $20 if you are willing to walk up to a mile. See Prudential Garage and Hynes Auditorium Garage in next section which are below $20 and less than 1 Mile from Fenway Park.
Use One Of The Red Sox Approved Parking Garages
There are three official parking lots supported by the Boston Red Sox; 100 Clarendon Garage, Ipswich Garage and the Prudential Center. If you go to the Red Sox website, they link out to ParkWhiz.com which allows you to buy parking tickets if available.
Note that 100 Clarendon is about a 30 minute walk to Fenway Park, Prudential closer at around 12 minutes, and Ipswich the closest as it is right next to Fenway but has only 150-200 spots.
Prudential Parking is probably the best option of the Sox approved parking garages. Current rates are only $18 for night and weekend games. Exiting the garage can sometimes be an excruciating process, thus, I tend to leave the game a bit early to beat the rush.
Close to the Prudential, the Hynes Auditorium garage is also a great, affordable option. Only 14 minutes from Fenway, the garage charges $19 for night games if you enter after 4pm. Note: the address is 50 Dalton Street, Boston, MA.
The Red Sox also encourage fans to use garages that are along their route to the ballpark in order to help reduce traffic. They have a full guide on their website of all the parking garages for each specific direction.
Use A Parking App (But Plan Ahead)
I already mentioned ParkWhiz which is recommended by the Sox and a good option. I've also used SpotHero before and had good success. Parkopedia.com is also a newer parking spot aggregator that gets good reviews from some of my Sox buddies.
All of the parking apps typically have new user discounts, so do a quick Google search before you book; something like 'SpotHero discount code' and you might be able to save yourself a few bucks.
Park And Take The MBTA
One of the more affordable ways to get to Fenway park is by taking public transportation. Parking locally at one of your T parking lots (average parking costs are $7 per car) and then taking the T into the Kenmore T station is a great way to avoid traffic and save some money.
The Red Sox have a great map on their website, detailing all the possible T routes and parking costs. Note there is sometimes a lot of confusion for visitors to Boston as to what stop to get off that's closest to Fenway. This Reddit user summed it up so perfectly that I had to borrow it:
Often times, fans make the mistake of thinking the Fenway stop is actually at Fenway Park. This is not the case. While it is close, you may be better off going to the Kenmore stop. If you are coming from downtown Boston, your best bet is to get off at Kenmore. If you are coming from the Riverside parking lot (as a lot of people do), you will be on an inbound train. In this case, the opposite holds true. You will want to get off at Fenway.
Tips For Finding Street Parking
There are limited metered parking spots in the vicinity of Fenway, but if you can find one it's a huge score. You can try the area at Boston University northwest of Fenway, or south down Brookline Ave.
Brookline has a three hour max on any meter and this runs from 8am until 10pm. The charge is $1.25 per hour. The meters are heavily enforced, so if you put in for three hours, make sure you are out with time to spare so you don't get a ticket.
A lot of the street parking around Fenway is residential so be careful. As the Red Sox website notes:
"The fine for parking a vehicle in the Fenway/Kenmore Residential Parking District during Fenway Park Events.....shall be one hundred dollars and no cents ($100.00) for each such violation."
I've also heard there are four-hour spots near the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, but cannot confirm. If you've parked there let me know in the comments.
One other note, I've also had some success parking on Boylston Street over near the Verb Hotel, lots of metered parking over there and a short walk over to Fenway. The meter stops at 8pm and has a two hour limit, so if you can get there around 6pm you should be fine.
Have any tips you'd like to see added? Let me know in the comments below!